What a week! I’m all worn out! First there was the bookseller dinner, then the Summer Reading panel, then signing books at Dymocks Southland, and today a journalist is coming to interview me.
First: the Summer Reading panel. Since the library is just down the road from me I had invited the other panelists over for dinner, but poor Adam got caught in traffic and had to go direct to the library. That was okay – I invited him and Jack back to our place afterwards and made sure he had a late dinner.
The panel went well. We talked about how we came to be writing and how our careers unfolded, then of our stories in the Dreaming Again anthology, and finished by answering some great questions from a very patient and attentive audience. Myself and my fellow authors were very happy with how it went and we’ve received some enthusiastic feedback.
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos as I hadn’t arranged a camera buddy for the event. But I do for the signing at Southland. How could I not record this wonderful window display?
The lovely staff at Dymocks set me up at the front of the shop and made sure I was comfortable.
And then a steady stream of customers and fan came by to have their books signed. Enough that I was busy most of the hour, but not so many that I couldn’t take the time to write something and to chat. Two customers saw me there and decided to give my books a try – one even bought my entire seven books!
A few friends who live nearby dropped in, too. During one of the breaks Emily asked if I’d sign anything. I said anything except a cheque, then jokingly lamented that I’d never been asked to sign a boob. Her eyes lit up. “Sign mine! Sign mine!” she pleaded. So here it is:
At the end of the session I signed lots os stock, then we dragged Chuck McKenzie, the store manager, out for a photo.
So thank you to Chuck, everyone at Dymocks Southland, and all the people who came to have their books signed. And to those who left comments that they hadn’t arrived in time – sorry to have missed you but thanks for making the effort to come!
There are lots of signed copies in the store now, for anyone who wants to grab one. The store owner told me that they usually sell pretty fast, too.